The Refugee Issue in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Questions and answers about Zionism, Israel, the
Israeli-Palestinian (Palestine-Israel, Middle East) Conflict
This presentation about The Refugee Problem
outlines the differences in status for Palestinian Refugees and all
Sionisme et l'Israel : Questions et réponses (FAQ)
The refugee issue has been placed at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict deliberately, in order to prevent a reasonable solution. In 1948, about
720,000 Arabs fled or were expelled from Palestine during the
Israel War of Independence, after their leader,
Grand Mufti Hajj Amin Al Husseini
initiated a genocidal war against the new Jewish state and managed to
convince Arab countries to attack Israel. The refugees fled for a variety of
reasons. Most of them, like PLO President Abbas's family. had never seen
an Israeli soldier, and many admitted that they left because they refused to
live under Jewish rule
About 800,000 Jews fled or were expelled from Arab countries because of the
creation of Israel. These refugees settled in Israel, France, the USA and
elsewhere (see Grand Mufti Hajj Amin Al Husseini).
The Arab Palestinian refugees were not absorbed or resettled. They were placed
in refugee camps and given a unique status at the instigation of Arab countries,
in order to ensure perpetuation of the conflict around the demand for the
"right" of these refugees to "return" to Israel. A Palestinian myth was invented
At the insistence of the Arab states, the UN created a special agency, the UNRWA,
to serve the Arab Palestinian refugees, and a special legal status for them,
unlike that of any other refugees in the world. The rest of the world's refugees
are covered by different legal definitions and served by a different agency,
that does not perpetuate their refugee status. Only for Arab Palestinian
refugees is refugee status inherited and passed from father to son and from
mother to daughter, and even to spouses who "marry in" to the Palestinian
refugee community and to their children. Who pays for this apparatus? You do.
This presentation about
The Refugee Problem
outlines the differences in status for Palestinian Refugees and all others.
Besides the UNRWA, the UN has created a vast apparatus to deal only with the
issue of Palestinian Arabs and their "inalienable rights" - see the
Question of Palestinee.
For further details of the refugee issue see:
Why shouldn't Palestinian Arabs have the Right of Return?
Right of Return of Palestinian Refugees in International Law
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